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Sydney Collier

Sydney Collier
Hometown: Ann Arbor Michigan

Like many thirteen year-old girls, Sydney Collier is horse crazy.  Sydney is from Ann Arbor Michigan where she is an honor roll student in the eighth grade at Forsythe Middle School.

Sydney began riding at seven years old and at eight years old she was diagnosed with an extremely rare life-threatening medical condition called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome.  This syndrome causes vascular malformations deep within one hemisphere of the brain that are inoperable, and cause many side-effects on the body.

One of the side-effects for Sydney was losing vision in the right eye and having strength and coordination issues on the left side of the body.  Seeking experimental treatment for the problems she was experiencing, Sydney and her family traveled to California.

In 2007, Sydney underwent multiple staged cyberknife radiation treatment to get rid of the AVM’s.  After the first set failed she had three brain surgeries in 2009.  During one of the surgeries Sydney suffered a stroke causing her left side to have hemiparesis.  The hemiparesis has now progressed due to the side effects from the radiation.

Sydney noted, ” Despite the physical hurdles my medical condition creates for me, I have continued to pursue my love of horseback riding.   I learned about the United States Para Equestrian Association when I had my stroke, and was honored to become a member this past October during the World Equestrian Games.  I hope to spread the word to other disabled riders that their dreams can come true in the elite world of horseback competitions.  I hope one day to ride as well as the current members of the United States Para Equestrian Dressage team, and perhaps join them in representing our country!”

Sydney lives at home where she resides with her parents and two brothers.

For more information about Sydney please visit http://www.sydsparaquest.com

Clinics/Education

UPCOMING and PAST CLINICS FOR RIDERS, JUDGES, & STEWARDS:

Encouraging continuing education in the para-equestrian discipline is essential.  Not only for the trainers but the riders, the horses and those who support the discipline.

2015 Symposiums/Clinics:

There will be multiple symposiums/ Clinics this year many will occur before or after the CPEDI3* events. Check back for dates on these.

2014 Symposiums/ Clinics:

With the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Approaching our riders, trainers, and  judges have been on the road at the numerous horse shows around the world.

2013 Symposiums/ Clinics:

2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Symposium May 29-June 1, 2013 Lyman, Maine

From May 29-June 1, equestrians from Grade Ia – Grade IV received classroom training, lectures, video training, and live riding lessons. In addition to equestrian training there was the “Train the Trainer” program and “SmartPak Coaches Forum”. Subjects addressed at the symposium included training the coaches, teamwork, and building upon each athlete’s current skills. Expert leaders at the symposium were FEI “O” Judge and Olympic Technical Delegate Hanneke Gerritsen of Holland, Gold medal Great Britain Paralympic coach Clive Milkins, international Dressage rider Catherine Haddad Staller, and former USEF High Performance Dressage Director Gil Merrick. Carlisle has partnered with the United States Equestrian Federation, United States Para-Equestrian Association, and SmartPak for the first in a series of educational events across the United States.

2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Symposium November 20-23, 2013 Winters, CA

On November 20, the Train the Trainer Workshop was conducted to educate current and future Para-Equestrian coaches on Para-Dressage subjects. Classroom topics included Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) rules, compensating aids, and the classification process defined. Trainers, auditors, and riders were given the opportunity to view demonstrations of Grades I-IV Para-Dressage tests from the judge’s perspective. Lectures included gold medal coach Clive Milkins (U.K.); FEI 4* Para-Dressage judge, David Schmutz; classifiers Tina Wentz and Joann Benjamin; FEI 5* Veterinarian Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA; and trainer Cherylin Von AldenBruck. Gil Merrick, former USEF High Performance Dressage Director, gave the keynote address detailing the importance of building a successful team in, “A Team Approach”. On November 21, symposium attendees
begin a full day of private lessons at Somerset Farm with Clive Milkins and Dennis Callan with accompanying classroom lectures. The 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium, is organized by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports and sponsored by the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) and United States Equestrian Federation.

In 2011-2012 there were multiple opportunities for Riders, Trainers, Stewards, and Judges to increase their knowledge of the Para-Equestrian Discipline. Judges and Stewards headed to Del Mar, CA for the 2012 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*. During the horse show judges and stewards earned their classification for the Para-Equestrian Dressage discipline.

The Carlisle Academy hosted a Boot Camp and Train the Trainer for riders and trainers who were current Para-Equestrians/ trainers or future Para-Equestrians/ trainers.

In 2011 Debbie McDonald conducted a Para-Equestrian clinic and it was free for all members of the USPEA.

In 2012, Mette Rosencrantz conducted a Para-Equestrian clinic which was once again free for all members of the USPEA

Check back for more information about the 2012-2013 clinics and education.

 

 

Carlisle Academy Para-Equestrian Boot Camp and Train the Trainer April 2012 (PDF)U.S. Para-Equestrian Training Camp 2012
April 16 ~ 20, 2012
Carlisle Academy at Spring Creek Farm
65 Drown Lane, Lyman, Maine, USA
Hanneke Gerritsen at 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* in Del Mar CA by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Hanneke Gerritsen at 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* in Del Mar CA by Lindsay Yosay McCall

JUDGES CLINIC: USEF FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge Course
When: March 9-11, 2012
Where: Del Mar, CA
Dates: March 9-11, 2012 which will run concurrently with the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*

Course Directors:
Hanneke Gerritsen (NED) – Overall Course Director
Sue Curry Shaffer (USA) – Assistant Course Director

Schedule: Takes place at the Del Mar Horse Park and is still Tentative

Friday, March 9, 2012
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration at Hospitality Tent
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Live Judging and Instruction
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Instruction in Hospitality Tent

Saturday, March 10, 2012
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Sign In at Hospitality Tent
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Instruction in Hospitality Tent
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Exam in Hospitality TentPara-Equestrian Judges Course by Lindsay Yosay McCall

Sunday, March 11, 2012
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Sign In and Evaluation at Hospitality Tent
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Practical Exam at Arena during CPEDI
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Final Discussions in Hospitality Tent

Contact Information: Charles E. (Chuck) Walker, Director of Education
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
Direct: 859-225-6970 Fax: 859-231-6662
cwalker@usef.org
-Open to ‘S’ Dressage Judges for promotion to FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge (with exams)
-Open to FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Dressage Judges for promotion to 4* (with exams)
-The Judges course will also be a refresher seminar for license maintenance as FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge (without exams).
*Attendance is limited to 20 participants.
*Discount registration deadline is February 17, 2012.*Information About the Course:

Steward Course Para-Equestrian by Lindsay Yosay McCallJUDGES CLINIC: USEF FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Steward Course
When: March 9-11, 2012
Where: Del Mar, CA
Dates: March 9-11, 2012 which will run concurrently with the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*Course Directors:
Hanneke Gerritsen (NED) – Overall Course Director
Sue Curry Shaffer (USA) – Assistant Course DirectorSchedule: Takes place at the Del Mar Horse Park and is still TentativeFriday, March 9, 2012
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration at Hospitality Tent
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Live Judging and Instruction
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Instruction in Hospitality TentSaturday, March 10, 2012
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Sign In at Hospitality Tent
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Instruction in Hospitality Tent
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Exam in Hospitality TentSunday, March 11, 2012
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Sign In and Evaluation at Hospitality Tent
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Practical Exam at Arena during CPEDI
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Final Discussions in Hospitality TentContact Information: Charles E. (Chuck) Walker, Director of Education
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
Direct: 859-225-6970 Fax: 859-231-6662
cwalker@usef.org
-Open to ‘S’ Dressage Judges for promotion to FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge (with exams)
-Open to FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Dressage Judges for promotion to 4* (with exams)
-The Judges course will also be a refresher seminar for license maintenance as FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Judge (without exams).
*Attendance is limited to 20 participants.
*Discount registration deadline is February 17, 2012.*Information About the Course:
Mette Rosencrantz and Taison by Anna Dahlberg Para-Equestrian Riding CLINIC: March 12-13, 2012Mette Rosencrantz clinic for Para-Equestrians March 2012 (PDF)Press release from the eventWhat: Clinic with Mette Rosencrantz
Where: Del Mar, CA at the Del Mar Horsepark
When: March 12-13, 2012 after the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*
About Mette: http://www.metterosencrantz.com/VIEW ARTICLE IN PRACTICAL HORSEMAN ABOUT METTE (PDF)
Auditors may come to the clinic which will be Mette speaking to Para-Equestrians.  Each Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, IV will be represented at the Clinic.  Please contact Hope Hand at wheeler966@aol.com for any questions concerning the clinic.



Jonathan Wentz

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale

Jonathan Wentz

-Born: November 15, 1990
-Hometown: Richardson, Texas

Jonathan began riding at the age of two for therapy to combat the loss of strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance caused by cerebral palsy which he’s had since birth. Wentz was also born with a competitive drive and strong determination. At age five he found Equest, a therapeutic riding center in Wylie, TX where he continued therapy and also began riding for sport participating in vaulting, jumping, western pleasure and english equitation. When he was thirteen he was told that he chttp://supertechmedia.com/uspea/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=521&type=image&TB_iframe=1ould no longer jump because his legs were too weak. This caused him to shift his focus to dressage with his sights on participating in the Paralympics. He started training in dressage at Equest with Gail Pace and Boaz Or. One year later he competed in his first able bodied competition at a USDF recognized show.

In the fall of 2008 after making great strides toward his goals including receiving; qualifying scores toward the 2009 Para-Equestrian Advanced Riders list and the Region 9 Championships. Jonathan found himself without a horse to compete, due to an unexpected injury, and needing to find a new place to train in order to reach the next level in his competitive riding.

Wentz found both at NTEC: North Texas Equestrian Center where he currently trains six days a week.
Jonathan trains with and is sponsored by Kai Handt owner and head trainer at North Texas Equestrian Center in Wylie, TX. Wentz moved to North Texas in November 2008. Six months after beginning training with Kai, Jonathan competed in his first CPEDI3* and USEF Para-Equestrian Nationals as a Grade II, where he earned his certificate of capability and place seventh in Nationals. He also received High Point Individual at the Region 9 Junior Team Championship and qualified for the 2009 Region 9 USDF Championships. In 2009 Jonathan competed in 13 USDF recognized shows and a CPEDI3*.

Jonathan started 2010 with a great first show in January with NTEC Richter Scale, receiving a 75.238%, 67.857%, and 76% with the new 2010 FEI Para Equestrians Tests in preparation for the Dressage Affaire CPEDI3* in March. At Del Mar, Richter came off the trailer lame, meaning Jonathon would compete a last minute catch ride Lano I, with whom he placed first in the Grade II classes. In May, NTEC Richter was back in stride receiving a 70%. Wentz also competed on a new horse, Contigo scoring a 66.667% on their second test together.

Wentz had a very succesful showing at the USEF Selection Trial/National Championship for the US Para-Equestrian Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. With NTEC Richter Scale he earned a 68.167% in the Freestyle on the way to an overall sixth place finish. Jonathan also scored a 59.667% with Contigo in the Freestyle.

At the 2010 WEG, Jonathan Wentz and his Shire, NTEC Richter Scale, fared best of the American entries in Grade II and earned 68.550, which put them in 11th place.

Jonathan was recently honored by being named to the USEF Youth Council representing the para-equestrian discipline. He has been an ambassador for Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding and Para Equestrian dressage from an early age with numerous demonstrations and speaking engagements. He credits all the horses in his life for not only giving him a competitive sport in which to excel in, but also for giving him the gift of being able to walk.
Jonathan is a sophomore history, economics, and political science major at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

2012 UPDATE BIO:

Jonathan Wentz, 21, (Richardson, TX)-Finding a dressage horse for Wentz was the goal of Kai Handt from the North Texas Equestrian Center when they met years ago. Now with many years under his belt learning from a “no-complaints” traditional German trainer, Wentz, who has Cerebral Palsy, topped the world Para-Equestrian list in 2012. In 2010 Wentz represented the United States with his trusty gelding NTEC Richter Scale at the FEI World Equestrian Games. In 2011 they earned the USEF National Championship and in 2012 earned the Reserve National Championship. Jonathan is looking forward to continuing his consistency with Kai Handt’s horse NTEC Richter Scale in the Grade Ib competition.
Jonathan also earned an alternate position on the 2012 Paralympic Equestrian Team with Dr. Michele Miles’ 13 year-old horse Silvano. Jonathan and Silvano began working together during the 2012 Spring show season and ramped up their training before the 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials.

Susan Treabess

Susan Treabess and Fugitivo XII FEI PRE DRESSAGE STALLION 2011

Susan Treabess and Fugitivo XII FEI PRE DRESSAGE STALLION 2011

SUSAN TREABESS

-Born: July 1, 1977

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Hometown: Winters, California

Susan was raised in Tahoe City, CA on the beautiful Lake Tahoe. Susan Treabess was born without her left hand but has ridden horses her whole life. She was horse crazy from the start and began riding at three years old. Trail rides led to lessons, lessons led to showing and showing led to a lifelong interest in dressage and horsemanship.

Susan Treabess and Moneypenny

Susan Treabess and Money Penny

Through a project horse named Choco, Susan and her family were introduced to horsemanship by Tom Dorrance, Ellen Eckstein, and David Hillman. Susan and her father Ron would spend weekends at clinics with Tom and Ellen and Tom’s right hand man, David. Susan was 12 at the time and would ride her pony Sunny while her father and David would ride Choco. The experiences and lessons in these clinics have followed Susan into her competitive riding and daily handling of horses.

With the help and encouragement of her lifelong mentor and coach, Ellen Eckstein, Susan has recently entered back into the world of competitive dressage. In late 2005, Dennis Callin approached Susan at a clinic and suggested she get involved in international Para Dressage competition. Over the next year the puzzle pieces fell into place. By January 2007, Susan had been sponsored a horse, Moneypenny owned by Katy and Dan Peterson, and was on her way to trying out for the 2010 United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team for the World Equestrian Games. During this time period of training for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2008 Susan was selected for the developing rider list for the United States Para Dressage Team and in 2009 began training with Dressage World Champion Steffen Peters.

Susan would like to thank the people in her life that have inspired her to be who she is and the best rider she can be: her husband Scott Stanley, her parents Ron and Marilyn Treabess, Ellen and David Eckstein, Tom Dorrance, David Hillman, Nancy and Steve Bareilles, Katy and Dan Peterson, Steffen Peters, Dennis Callin, Federica Beatrice, Edith Clark, Lois Wolk and Craig Reynolds. She would also like to honor all of the horses who have taught her so much about honesty, patience and partnership. There have been many but she would especially like to honor Choco, Sunny, Brownie, Moneypenny, Amigo and Verite.

At the USEF Selection Trial/National Championship for the United States Para-Equestrian Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held in June, Treabess and Moneypenny claimed fifth place honors.

Treabess competed at the 2010 WEG and earned a ninth place finish.

In 2011, Susan Treabess began riding the amazing Fugitivo XII Qualified Pure Spanish FEI dressage stallion.  Susan is looking forward to her new mount and her chance to qualify for the the 2012 Paralympics held in London, England.

For more information about Fugitivo XII or to view photographs of offspring please visit http://www.fugitivo-xii.com/gallery.php.

When Susan is not riding she enjoys being outside with her husband, Scott, and their dogs. Treabess also likes to visit her parents in Lake Tahoe when she has time.

For more information please visit http://susantreabess.com/

Susan Treabess at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Wendy Shugol

Wendy Shugol and Statesman's Audacious

Wendy Shugol

Wendy Shugol
-Grade 1a
-Falls Church, VA

Competed at the 2010 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships.

Shugol showed both Statesman’s Audacious and Statesman’s Larissa at the National Championships.

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